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Italian painter Domenichino Zampieri was born
He is considered to be one of the most important members of the Carracci band. Zampieri was a pupil of Ludovico Carracci. He is best-known for his work "The Life of St. Cecilia." -1581

Japanese painter Katsushika Hokusai was born
He represented everyday life with realistic spontaneity. His series of chromoxylographies influenced some impressionist artists -1760

Giovanni Paolo Pannini, Italian painter and architect, died
In 1719, Pannini was admitted to the Congregazione dei Virtuosi al Pantheon. He taught in Rome at the Accademia di San Luca and the Académie de France, where he influenced Jean-Honoré Fragonard. His studio included Hubert Robert and his son Francesco Panini. His style would influence a number of other vedutisti, such as his pupil Antonio Joli, as well as Canaletto and Bernardo Bellotto, who sought to appease the need by visitors for painted "postcards" depicting the Italian environs. -1765

German architect Georg von Dollmann was born
He designed the Bavarian castles Herrenchiemsee and Linderhof for Louis II. -1830

English lyrical poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge was born
His "Lyrical Ballads" forecasted the English Romantic movement in literature. -1834

Italian dramatist Giuseppe Giacosa was born
He collaborated with Luigi Illica to write the libretti for three of the Giacomo Puccini most celebrated operas. -1847

Norwegian painter Sigurd Moe was born
He was a member of the Academy of Munich. -1860

Belgian painter and etcher Eugéne Laermans was born
His works describe peasant life through colorful and expressive depictions. -1864

French painter Michel-Maeckler was born
He is noted for his mural paintings on the walls of l'Hotel des bains in Morsbronn. -1872

French composer and pianist Marie Joseph Canteloube was born
He is best remembered for his compositions that evoke the landscape of his native region. -1879

The Guggenheim Museum opened to the public
In June 1943 Frank Lloyd Wright received a letter from Hilla Rebay, the art advisor to Solomon R. Guggenheim, asking the architect to design a new building to house Guggenheim´s four-year-old Museum of Non-Objective Painting. The letter stated: I need a fighter, a lover of space, an agitator, a tester and a wise man...I want a temple of spirit, a monument! The project evolved into a complex struggle pitting the architect against his clients, city officials, the art world, and public opinion. Both Guggenheim and Wright would die before the building´s 1959 completion. The resultant achievement, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, testifies not only to Wright´s architectural genius, but to the adventurous spirit that characterized its founders. -1959

Francois Truffaut, French film director, died
He was one of the founders of the French New Wave in filmmaking, and remains an icon of the French film industry. In a film career lasting just over a quarter of a century, he was screenwriter, director, producer or actor in over twenty-five films. -1984

Royal Academy held an exhibit of works of art by Giacometti
Hot from its success at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh, where it broke attendance records for a temporary exhibit, "Alberto Giacometti: 1901-1966" arrived at the Royal Academy(sponsored by Goldman Sachs). The works of Giacometti are better suited to Edinburgh, both in spirit and scale, but nothing can alter his right to be considered one of the giants of 20th century art. And yet his reputation has been questioned in London. "Albert the thief", "figures that do not add up to a genius" screamed the headlines. Luckily for Giacometti, he died in 1966 aged 65, when his reputation was unassailable. -1996

Spanish painter Rafael Pérez Mínguez died in La Granja, Segovia
He was one of the most important 70's painters. He had two solo exhibits that made him famous, the first in 1971 at Amadís; the second in 1974 at Buades. He used a pop style and also experimented very much. -1999

 


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